The Parish of Saint Sebastian
requests the honour of your presence
of its new
to be celebrated by
The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon
to be presented by
Mrs. Lynn Frey-Steward
Sunday, the eighteenth of November
two thousand and twelve
at half past three in the afternoon
St. Sebastian Parish Church
Pipe organs in some form have been around since well before the time of Christ and had been a favorite instrument of emperors and kings. For centuries, in one form another, the pipe organ has been married (as it were) to the Church and her worship. According to the Second Vatican Council document “Musicam Sacrum” paragraph 62, “The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, since it is its traditional instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lift up men's minds to God and higher things.”
Until the advent of the computer, the pipe organ was the most complicated and advanced piece of technology in the world. With this one instrument, a single musician can replace a whole orchestra and fill a space with sound that just is not possible with a piano (unless a microphone is used.) It can speak softly to accompany soloist or it can take on the force of mighty orchestra and full tilt. It can produce different sounds from flutes to strings to trumpets. It is a marvel of ingenuity, beauty, artistry, and history.
The St. Sebastian organ made by the Schantz Organ Company will consist of 2,683 pipes. There are 44 ranks of pipes. (A rank is a set of pipes usually consisting of 61 pipes.) There will be four divisions, the Great organ, the Swell organ, Positiv organ, the Choir organ, as well as the pedal division. The new organ will have two division exposed to the congregation, which is new. Previously the entire organ was contained behind a screen.